How to Remove a Bad Odour from Your Vehicle

How to Remove a Bad Odour from Your Vehicle
Few things are more annoying than having to deal with a foul odour when you’re driving. Fortunately, most bad smells are fairly easy to get rid of, especially if you have the time and patience.
Clean Out Your Car
It should probably go without saying, but the first and most effective thing you should do to remove any foul stench is to clean out your vehicle. Odours from garbage – especially food – can seep into your car’s interior quite quickly.
After removing all trash, wipe down and vacuum the entire inside of your car. Vacuuming is vital, as most odours tend to get trapped in the fabric of the interior.
Baking Soda
If your car still smells, try pouring baking soda over the carpets. Since it can work as both an acid and a base, baking soda is one of the most effective odour-ridding substances. Let it sit for a few hours, then vacuum it up.
Cigarette Smoke
If you or a family member are a smoker, try putting a few bowls of vinegar in your car and let them sit overnight. Your car may not smell great, but vinegar often does a good job of eliminating cigarette odour.
Change Your Air Filter
A rotting air filter can emit a foul smell throughout your entire car, especially during the summer months when the air conditioning is running. A new air filter is not expensive and could be the magic trick if none of the above tips are working.
Dangerous Smells
Although most odours are completely harmless, there are a few that can become quite dangerous. For example, if you start to smell gas, that’s usually a telltale sign that you have a leak. It’s important to avoid driving if this happens and to take it to a mechanic immediately.
Avoid using water at all cost
Don’t make the mistake of using water to clean your car. While it may seem effective, it will likely take days to fully dry, and by then you’ll have a whole new smell to deal with; musk.
Get Your Car Detailed
If you’re having trouble eliminating the odour or simply cannot be bothered to attempt to get rid of it yourself, you should bring your car into a professional facility like your dealership to have it detailed. They will have better equipment and expertise to get rid of the smell. Also, it’s a very affordable procedure, so you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank to have it done.
Tips for Avoiding Bad Smells
If you spill something, clean it up as soon as possible. The longer it lingers, the higher the odds that the odour will seep into your car’s interior.
In general, you should try and wipe down your vehicle frequently, especially if you have leather seats, since they can be quiet fragile. A quick clean every month can help sustain the ‘new car smell’ much longer.
While air fresheners will improve the overall smell of your car, they don’t actually do anything in terms of getting rid of the odour. If anything, they’ll trick you into believing there isn’t a stench problem when there really is.